Andrea Rovegno Wins Navy Cross Country Invitational

Sept. 16, 2006

Annapolis, Md. - Andrea Rovegno won her first cross country race of the season, placing first among all individuals at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday morning. Rovegno led the Loyola women to third place team finish while the men placed fifth as a unit.

"Andrea is off to a great start this season," says Loyola Cross Country Coach Rick Woods. "But it was a total team effort and the tight group that followed her that helped us place third at this meet."

Rovegno ran the 6K course in a time of 22:41.56, almost nine seconds ahead of second-place runner Amy VanAlstine of Rhode Island. Loyola's core scoring group of Maureen Wynne, Michelle McVann, Colleen Depman and Sarah Spencer occupied five spots from 23 to 29 in the final individual standings.

Wynne finished in 24:51.34 and placed 23rd, while McVann finished 24th with a time of 24:55.72. Depman, who ran the course in 25:00.29, placed 26th and Spencer crossed the finish line in 25:11.80.

The Loyola women earned 103 points, two points ahead of American. Richmond won the team title while host Navy placed second in the nine-team race.

On the men's side, junior Gian Caccia ran a very fast 25:50 to place 12th overall and help the `Hounds take fifth in the final team standings.

"Gian had a great race today," says Woods. "He is putting himself in contention to be a nationally ranked runner."

Sophomore Chris Heibell placed 19th overall with his time of 26:10 while junior Brian Parker ran a 26:32 to place 25th. Terry Moran and Andrew Rice rounded out Loyola's top five individuals.

Nationally ranked American University won the race while Navy finished second. Richmond, UMBC and Loyola rounded out the top five teams on the men's side.

The Greyhounds return to action at the Great American Cross Country Festival next Saturday, September 23 in Hoover, Ala.